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KidStop Child Development Ctr.

Stacey Scott, Center Director

15910 Somerville Dr. Rockville MD 20855
(301) 548-8899 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
Across the street from Shadygrove Metro Station. Inside federal building.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Rosemont, College Gardens, Candlewood, Ritchie Park, St Martins of Tours, Sequyoah

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Welcome

Welcome to the KidStop Child Development Center, in Rockville, Maryland! We are thrilled to meet you and your family and cannot wait for you to be a part of our KinderCare family! At KidStop, we believe that your child learns best by exploring their curiosity through play and using play as a vehicle for learning. Supporting your child through their learning experiences will be our team of trained, qualified staff with an extensive amount of experience in the early childhood education field.

Stacey Scott, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at the KidStop Child Development Center are passionate about their role as early childhood educators. Our staff believe that being a successful teacher means that we commit to thorough communication with parents, nurturing the whole child, and above all else Education! The average tenure of our teachers is seven years with two of our teachers being here for over 10 years! We are a committed staff and our parents take comfort in knowing that their children are here with us!

  • Stacey Scott, Center Director

  • Sophie Seyoum

    Sophie Seyoum, Assistant Director

    There is nothing more satisfying then seeing teachers fostering children's creativity.

    Sophie is originally from Ethiopia. When she started college in the U.S, she began with an interest in the medical field and started taking some courses majoring in Pharmacy while working part time at a child care center. It was then that Sophie realized what her career choice should be, and changed her major to early childhood education. She then pursued a full time position with KinderCare in 2004.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to taking the job of Assistant Center Director Sophie taught infants through school age.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Mercy

    Ms. Mercy, Infant

    I love to share meaningful moments with all of the children.

    Ms. Mercy is a caring and loving infant teacher will several years experience in childcare. She loves to watch the children learn and grow.  She knows that even though they are small they absorb everything they see and hear.

    Previous Experience:
    Previous to coming to KidStop, I was a teacher at the Gaithersburg Kindercare for 2 years.
    Year Started:
    8/26/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    90 Hour preschool certificate
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Infant

    I love my job because I love taking care of children.

    Ms. Kim has a passion for taking care of children and has shared this passion for the past 10 years at KidStop.  She put a 100% effort into caring for each and every child and treats them as if they were her own.

    Year Started:
    11/3/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Luz

    Ms. Luz, Infant

    I like my job because I like to work with children.

    Ms. Luz is a loving, nurturing toddler teacher that will bring love and nurture to your child. She knows that toddler love to explore their world around them and implements fun activities in her class that helps to encourage their curiosity.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Luz had 5 years experience working with children prior to come to KidStop.
    Year Started:
    10/3/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    45 hours infant/toddler certification, 90 hours preschool certification and Associates of Art Degree.
  • Ms. Nilda

    Ms. Nilda, Infant

    Realizing that it is me that the kids look to for comfort and knowing that I am contributing to their future.

    Year Started:
    3/4/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    90 hour preschool class and child development associates degree
  • Ms. Mina

    Ms. Mina, Toddler Classroom

    Through mutual understanding, we learn self-worth and responsibility.

    Ms. Mina is a family-oriented person. She tends to see people as family members. Ms. Mina believes education is for everyone and it is the gateway to good citizenship, democracy, and freedom. Ms. Mina worked through college and is proud to be a mother of three college graduates.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Brittney

    Ms. Brittney, Toddler

    If my smile is upside down, my kids can always turn it right side up.

    Ms. Brittney is currently attending Montgomery College where she is seeking an AA in General Studies of Psychology. She brings enthiusiasm and passion to her classroom and works hard to ensure every child has a great day in her class.

    Previous Experience:
    8 1/2 years experience working with infants and toddlers.
    Year Started:
    10/21/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    90 hour preschool class and 45 infant/toddler class
  • Ms. Nina

    Ms. Nina, Discovery Preschool

    In order to help guide their independance, I allow them to do things for themselves with my guidance.

    Nina has several years experience working with young children and is a highly energetic teacher who brings learning to a whole new level for her children. She creates an environment where they children learn to be independance but at the same time, receive love and nurture along the way.

    Previous Experience:
    Nina has experience running her own in home child care center as well as working previously in a center based child care center.
    Year Started:
    11/22/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    90 hr preschool certification
  • Ms. Scarleth

    Ms. Scarleth, Discovery Preschool

    I love teaching the children how to be independent. I love seeing them smile everytime they enter my classroom.

    Scarleth has received her AA in Early Childhood Education and has been working with children for over three years.  She is fluent in both Spanish and English.  She loves helping foster each child's independence and creating a classroom environment where children will thrive.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked at a Children Care Center.
    Year Started:
    4/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Acacia

    Ms. Acacia, Preschool

    A good early childhood foundation has an impact on the outcome of a child's life.

    Ms. Acacia is a preschool teacher that brings love and nurture to her children. She realizes the importance of early childhood education and uses that to motivate her to be the best teacher she could possibly be.

    Previous Experience:
    Sunday school teacher, previously worked at a childcare center in Pennsylvania before moving to Maryland.
    Year Started:
    9/3/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Child and Family Studies and a Minor in Special Education.
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Preschool

    I love my job because I love to see children learning and growing. I like the positive energy they share with me every morning. Children are our future and I like to be a part of great future.

    Ms. Andrea has received her Bachelore Degree in Early Childhood and has worked with children for several years.  She brings energy, passion, and dedication to her classroom everyday.  She is always looking for fun ways to engage her children.

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny
    Year Started:
    11/6/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood from Costa Rica
  • Ms. Edna

    Ms. Edna, Pre-Kindergarten

    I love my job becasue I enjoy working with children of all ages.

    Ms. Edna is currently working on renewing her Child Development Associates degree. Ms. Edna is passionate about giving 100% of her time spent at Kidstop to teaching the children. She is a team player and loves to help all the teachers out if they need something. She brings joy and love to all children that walk through our front door.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Edna has several years experience working in both home day cares and well as chld care centers.
    Year Started:
    7/31/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10.5
    Education:
    90 hour preschool certification
  • Ms. Padma

    Ms. Padma, Transitional Kindergarten

    I am inspired by teaching and engaging with children, to help them have a great educational foundation.

    Ms. Padma is an enthusiatic teacher.  She creates creative inventions to teach difficult concepts to children.  She further reinforces those skills through in-class activities and homework assignments.

    Previous Experience:
    Before starting her career in the United States, she was a science High School teacher in Sri Lanka for 24 years. She has the equivalent of an Associates Degree in Science and a Pre-School Diploma from Sri Lanka. She also has her Child Development Associate Cerificiate (CDA).
    Year Started:
    3/11/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Science
  • Ms. Angela, Learning Adventures Classroom

    Children don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

    Ms. Angela has been a tutorial specialist with KinderCare Learning Centers for the past three years and she really values the way the programs she teaches prepares the children for Kindergarten. When the children leave her classroom, they leave it with more confidence in themselves and their abilities, which really makes Ms. Angela love her job.

    Year Started:
    3/6/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At the Kidstop Child Development Center, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

As a newly enrolled widowed mother of one-year-old twin boys, I relocated to the area for a job transition. From the first phone call, KidStop assisted with my children's transition, as well as my own. We found the teachers to be very nurturing and to take a personal interest in our little family, beyond what was expected. The teachers helped me bravely face parenting twins as a single mom and they helped me address challenges in the midst of my grief. In one of our first experiences with the center, the teachers helped me to feel confident and resourceful in teaching the boys to feed themselves. I remember fondly the day I left the center with tears of joy after I watched them accomplish new skills. Both of my boys have thrived at the center and they are happy, playful, and engaging. The staff is a very good about informing me of concerns or developing interest, while providing many opportunities for me-as a working parent-to feel engaged and participatory in my children's care. I am quite thankful  that we found KidStop and we are a stronger family now because of their presence in our lives.

- Mother

Our daughter has been attending KidStop from the time she was nine months old and now she’s almost three. Stephanie is the best fit for the center. From the first day she started, she has been wonderful at communicating upcoming events, news and general information about what’s happening within the center. If we ever have questions or need anything, she is very prompt with answers through email, phone or in person. When we pick up our daughter in the evening, she always has to stop in the office and give Stephanie a hug goodbye, which shows that she pays extra attention to the children in the center and she is well liked by all. She has done an outstanding job and continues to do so every day.<br /> As far as the center itself goes, we have been beyond pleased with our experience. All of the teachers and staff that our daughter has had have been great. Our daughter continues to amaze us with what she learns while being at KidStop. Aside from the exceptional classroom activities, KidStop offers additional activities that are convenient and fun for the children. The center is patient and understanding when transitioning her to a new classroom when they feel she is ready. They make sure to continually provide educational and fun activities for all of the children. On many days we have trouble getting our daughter to come home and we think that says a lot about the time she spends there!<br /> Overall, we are very pleased with the care our daughter has received while at KidStop. We would definitely recommend KidStop to anyone looking for care in the area.

- Parents

KidStop has been an amazing and enriching experience for my daughter. The staff cares for the whole child, taking into account the emotional, physical, social, and educational needs of my daughter. There are so many things I love about KidStop. First, the hours of operation at KidStop fit our family's needs. We have an early schedule and arrive to the center when it opens. The staff is always welcoming and in tune to my child's needs early in the morning. The teachers and staff plan engaging activities for the children and welcome parents to visit the classroom. The curriculum, projects and units the teachers plan and implement are fun and offer an opportunity for the children to gain skills. The personal attention my daughter and all the children receive makes me feel like my daughter has a comfortable and positive place to learn and grow. Not only is the environment positive, but the teachers are always friendly and helpful; they consistently answer questions about my child's daily routine and provides personal details and stories about her day. I love to see the projects my daughter makes which are often accompanied by a photo of her actually working on the activity. The classroom structure has encouraged my daughter's independence and has provided wonderful opportunities for her to play and learn with other children her age. Finally, the leadership and directors at KidStop help support this environment by communicating clearly and frequently with parents; the directors are always willing to listen to your concerns and are greatly involved in the classroom curriculum and center activities. I love that the center directors always welcome my family and truly care about my child.

- Mother

My family has been a part of the KinderCare family since 2008. When we found out we were expecting our third child we had no reservations of where our baby was going for the best quality of care. We have been at two different KinderCare locations due to relocation and KidStop is our favorite location. The director, assistant director and staff are so personable, diligent and dedicated. I love the fact that Stephanie, the director, greets us every morning with biggest smile and happiest hellos. Also, it makes me feel safe and reassured that Sophia, the assistant director, knows all the families' names and takes time to say goodbye to all the children. Another thing that personalizes KidStop is that I can always reach Stephanie and Sophie. KinderCare is the best choice for quality care, great teachers and peace of mind!

- Mother
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